Most of the time when someone tells me they don't like their eyeliner, I end up finding out it's because of user error. Same is usually true when someone tells me they don't wear eyeliner because "it doesn't go on right" or 'it's too dry". There are many eyeliner formulations on the market today- wooden pencil, mechanical pencil, chubby crayon, microliner, cream, gel, mousse, and liquid. You can also swipe a damp eyeliner brush across powdered eye color and use as liner. So, there's a form for everyone to claim as their favorite and mastering multiple forms will enable you to execute different eye looks with ease. Read on for just a few tips that solve some common issues.
Crayon is dry- assuming your crayon isn't dry due to old age, you might just need to warm it up a bit before applying. Rub the crayon on your skin until the color glides on, using care to keep the point.
Crayon skips, or you have trouble keeping the liner along your lashline- with one finger keeping your lid taught at the outer corner (be gentle, don't stretch!), apply in short strokes from the outer corner towards your nose. Think dashed lines, not a continuous line. Luis demonstrates this in the video. Start with a thin line, close to the base of your lashes and thicken by adding more lines until you get the look you want.
Trouble creating the winged look- try drawing a regular line along your lashes first then from the outer corner draw towards the outer edge of your eyebrow, tapering to a point as you go. A winged look can be achieved with pretty much any form of eyeliner, but the best staying power tends to be with gel or liquid liner which also have fine tipped applicators. If using a pencil, the tip needs to be very pointed.
If you have any more questions about eyeliner or other cosmetic application issues, please comment below or contact me via phone or email.
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I am a licensed esthetician and own Renewal Skin & Body Center in Iowa City, IA. I love giving facials and other services that enhance one's appearance. Even more important is to educate people about skin-related services and products.